Sounds like somebody wants only to be left alone. My how the tables have turned.
stop pretending like life is normal when my life is shattered and laying in pieces around me
… is what she's thinking
Hanna is getting self-aware?
therrrrrre we goooo was waiting for that
Yeeaaaaaaaah I been here. "Go away, literally nothing will make me happy, especially not you attempting to make me happy."
Oooohhh I know this feeling.
Mar needs to stop trying to be everyone's mom.
So I used to read this comic when I lived in NYC but dropped off over a year ago… And then I randomly stumbled across it online. And now I'm rereading it again from the beginning. Goddamn it, still so good! ("I'm beginning to see the cracks.")
Oh Hanna… 🙁
Huh, I read that wrong. I thought Hanna was at least partially pissed because she's been there for Eve more than once when Eve was having issues, and now that Hanna is in the dumps, Eve's all "OH YEAH THAT GRADUATION / MAREK LEAVING THING ALSO HAHA MY BED AMIRITE"
A good scream at Marigold. There, doesn't *that* feel better?
Wow, is that the most unhinged Hanna has ever been?
I feel like this little event might have short-term — if not long-term — impacts on Marigold’s progression into the “mature adult life-style” that she’s been pursuing for the past two or three hundred pages. Maybe Hanna’s explosion will put things a little more into perspective and she [marigold] will come to the realization that not everything is so neat and easily put and simple.
What is going on in this storyline? Marek and Hanna are breaking up or something because he's graduating? Why? Did I miss something about him deciding to move away or some such? I've enjoyed this comic for a long time but this narrative feels like its breaking down. This seems like kind of a lazy way to change up the status quo of the comic without having to WRITE a real reason the characters of Hanna and Marek would break up. I would have at least liked to have seen this building up before its suddenly just "Marek is graduating so they are breaking up". Like an arc or scene where we see the two of them even TALK TO EACH other about their relationship and what his graduating (and i guess NEEDING to leave) would mean for them.
Marek's lived in the States since he was a kid:
Their breakup was on a timer, but it's not because of a student visa. If that were the case, it's not likely that his parents would be at his graduation. Besides, Marek's scholarship is from the PNA, a US organisation run by and for Polish-Americans. Chances are, maybe his parents were the ones who came to the US to study (with him in tow).
I keep reading the previous comic strips about Hanna and Marek's future break-up but I still don't understand how they are incompatible? They seem to have great chemistry together and really care for each other. I especially don't understand this strip: http://www.octopuspie.com/2013-04-10/597-thats-no…
Is it wrong that I feel like maybe Marigold is getting her revenge for the way Hanna tried to 'fix' things with her in the Brownout Biscuit arc? (Yes it is Kate, God)
Although, that arc also explains Hanna's outburst now in a way; she's maybe thinking that because she's always the one trying to fix everyone else's stuff (and then taking credit where it isn't nec. due) then she should just be able to dust *herself* off and be okay. It's the old Control Issues surfacing again.
(Also I know it's sad times on OP right now but I find the last panel really funny for some reason)
Oh no, i hit the end. That means… that means i'll have to wait know! What am I supposed to do with that free time?! D:
Sometimes you just need a good sulk to get through it, and everyone thinks you need to be pulled out.
The commentariat is increasingly becoming an important part of OP these last few story arcs. It's another way in which this strip resembles real life: Things aren't always spelled out, so discussion helps us to understand and accept events big and small. As in life, things are always connected and there is context and backstory for everything. And people will actually go and find links to help connect the dots. I love it.
(And yes Kate, that last panel is hilarious. Hilariously cathartic)
I am Hannah
Dated for 3 years… things where getting serious and we made plans. I had to go and work at my home country because no jobs where available for a foreigner with a degree (not legally at least). So we went the long distance route. Never have I had such a happy and stable relationship like this one, we encouraged each other to follow everything we wanted to be and to be as happy as we could. Then, one day, she cheated. Gave her another chance and cheated again. Never have I felt so stranded like now. I had plans of proposing and moving in with her within a year. So now I'm in a country where wasn't planning to stay, and I have no other option than to stay here for now. Octopuspie really hit home for me today, in good way.
Thank you for showing me this Meredith, I guess I'm not so crazy.
Considering Marek took the mattress back and she's sitting on a box, Hannah probably doesn't even have a bed. Meredith helping Eve out with her awful mattress is just digging that much more into her. No boyfriend + no matrress = timebomb.
What kind of a bath eases the pain of a broken heart?
Hanna, no, wait!! Just tell her you want some of whatever she's getting for herself and then you'll be up to your bony stoner knees in quinoa and fancy weird cheeses and organic kumquats 'n shit.
I think Hanna's screaming because Marigold has been flaunting her recent success and financial stability by bothering people to let her buy them things and get them in on her new job. Hanna expressed her annoyance with it in the camping arc and now she's just had enough. Expect Hanna calling her out on this in the next page.
It seems more likely that Hanna hasn't told Eve or Meredith that her and Marek split. She prob bottled it all up and now she is understandably flipping out. I would imagine if she told them Meredith would be overly concerned and Eve would at least be buying her drinks and then resuming her role as "the wisdom bitch".
whoops! I mean Marigold!
Sounds like Hannah's 61,000+ hours of being high are over..
I went back and reread Occupy after this, and certain lines stood out brilliantly. Not as brilliantly without the panels they're in, though, so like, you should go reread that part. It's so good.
Marek: "It's important to me. This is what I want to pass on to my children."
Hanna: "I'm never going to have kids. Everything in my life would be thrown off my parenthood. I've ALREADY found happiness."
Eve: "But that's good, right?"
Hanna, after the police raid: "I should've been here."
Marek: "You would have hated it. Why would I want to do that to you?"
Hanna: "So what now?"
Marek: "We figure out where else to go."
Hanna: "Can I come with you? I don't wanna be in the way…"
Marek: "Of course. Stay as long as you want to."
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